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placing a non-Sikh child in a Sikh home

asked 2016-05-31 01:05:19 -0600

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I am posting anonymously because I am employed by the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development as a Social Worker here in Surrey, B.C. Canada and right now I am part of a classified case where a 4 year old non-Sikh boy has been removed from His Sikh foster parents because they let his hair grow long and had him wearing a patka, this violated the rules of imposing a religion on a foster child so the foster child had to be removed. I don't agree with the decision being made by Child Protection Services as the Sikh foster family was doing a great job of taking care of him. What is your opinion of this?

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answered 2016-06-01 14:20:55 -0600

Guruka Singh gravatar image

updated 2016-06-01 14:22:28 -0600

A child of four knows nothing of religion. Many parents allow their child's hair to grow long naturally. There may be western cultural discrimination against long hair on a male child, but this is a cultural, not a religious, matter. It is the job of CFD to see that the child has a secure, loving home, that he/she is in no danger and that his/her needs are being met. I too do not agree with the decision being made here. The child can decide at any time later in life to keep hairs natural or cut them. This is a matter of priorities. The best environment and loving parenting are the top priorities.

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answered 2016-05-31 09:56:01 -0600

sim gill gravatar image

uhmm.. in my point of view i agree with u.. i mean if they accept the child as their own then they should have all parental rights unless they mistreat or discriminate with that child.. nd since he is too young as u said (4 years old) so he can merge well with his new parents.. nd if they are growing their child's hair for patka.. that means they are giving the family values to THEIR child just as every parent from every religion do??!!! nd especially he is too young for religion partition.. he needs love of his parents more than his religion stamp!!

sorry if i was rude or offensive bt thts my point of view..

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